Maremma National Park Cycling
September 20, 2011 / Places Alberese, Tuscany
Driving and cycling in Italy is not everybody’s cup of tea. Nevertheless most visitors venture for renting a car when visiting the Tuscan hinterland as public transport can often be worse than the chaotic driving! Talk about cycling the Tuscan hills, however, and most people will wonder whether you’re slightly insane…understandably!
In a country lacking cycling paths, it comes as a surprise that Southern Tuscany sports 8km of a perfectly safe pista ciclabile through one of its most untouched landscapes. Unless you prefer walking, there is no better way to discover the fascinating fauna and flora of the Maremma National Park.
Last time I rented a bike for the day to get to the park’s stunning beach, three tiny wild boars crossed our way; kids and adults alike were beside themselves with excitement! But even if you are not quite as lucky, the beautiful pine trees, the elegant breed of Maremmani horses and the stoic wide-horned Maremma cows make for an impressive sight.
The glorious finale to the cycling path is the arrival at the sea – what better place to park a bicycle?
Find out more about the Maremma National Park, as well as its beach and lovely beach huts!
Katja Meier, Swiss miss for anything Tuscan – wine, food, culture, art and beaches – basically anything that will sort out that Renaissance hangover. She blogs about
Southern Tuscany in general and Siena and Montalcino in particular.